Will Media Attack Maher for Calling Koran ‘A Hate-filled Book’ and Saying Muslim Extremists are America’s Greatest Threat? | NewsBusters.org
BILL MAHER, HOST: So let me get to the part where I think you may not agree with me which is I do agree that there are other groups that pose a terrorist threat to this country. There are right-wing militias who are nutty and the Ku Klux Klan and abortion bombers and Timothy McVeigh types. I would say that the threat potentially from radicalized Muslims is a unique and greater threat. It is the greatest threat.
Let me give you the reasons why I jotted down why. One, it’s been going on a thousand years this problem between Islam and the west. We are dealing with a culture that is in its medieval era. It comes from a hate-filled holy book, the Koran, which is taken very literally by its people. They are trying to get nuclear weapons. I don’t think Tim McVeigh would ever have tried to get a nuclear weapon because I think right-wing nuts they think they love this country and they are not trying to destroy this country. They want to get it away from the people they see as hijacking it. That’s different than Muslim extremists who want to destroy it. And also, it’s a culture of suicide bombing, which is hard to deter from people who want to kill themselves.
REPRESENTATIVE KEITH ELLISON (D-MINNESOTA): Well, I’ll tell you, Bill, I think you should investigate this issue a little more because I think that you’re lumping together things that shouldn’t be lumped together and you’re casting a very wide net and therefore coming to the wrong conclusions. First of all, when you talk about they’re trying to get nuclear weapons, are you referring to Iran? Who are you talking about? Al Qaeda?
MAHER: I think anyone who is influenced by al Qaeda and the statements of Osama bin Laden, and that’s…
ELLISON: Yeah, but Muslims aren’t. I mean, there is 1.4 billion Muslims in the world.
MAHER: Of course. No one is disputing that the vast, vast, giant majority of Muslims are not the problem. We’re talking about a very small percentage, but it just takes one. That’s what we’re talking about when we’re talking about terrorism, and obviously there is something that is going on that they’re getting from the Koran.
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